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Rare original edition of the first directory for the southern and eastern coasts of Australia

[AUSTRALIA - PILOT GUIDE].
The Australia directory; volume 1. Containing directions for the southern shores of Australia, from Cape Leeuwin to Port Stephens, including Bass' Strait and Van Diemen's Land.
London, J. Hartnell for the Hydrographic Office, 1830. 8vo. Contemporary half calf. [8], 248, [8] pp.
€ 650
Rare first edition of this Directory for the Southern and Eastern coasts of Australia, including Van Diemans Land (Tasmania). The introduction stresses the necessity for collecting and presenting as much information as possible especially for such remote and unknown areas as Australia. The book tries to put together the principal sources available, such as Captain Flinders original survey, and Captain Kinss subsequent examination of various parts of the coast, as well as the results of the voyages of the French officers DEntrecasteaux and Freycinet, and the reports of Lieutemant Jeffreys.
With a gilt-stamped stamp of the Marinens Bibliothek Copenhagen in the center of the front cover and ownership's stamps of the Marinens Bibliothek Copenhangen on the title-page. Head and bottom of spine damaged, front hinge weak, otherwise in good condition. Ferguson, 1315.
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